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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center improved slightly from an F to a D in a national hospital safety report released Wednesday, while Cedars-Sinai Medical Center stayed at a C grade. Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit healthcare quality organization, based the scores on an analysis of infections, injuries, medication errors and other problems that cause patient harm or death. The organization publicizes the scores in an effort to inform patients and reduce safety problems, said Leah Binder, its president and chief executive.
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HEALTH
March 18, 2002 | TRUDY LIEBERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The slick brochure for the new $13-million cardiac center at Mission Hospital promises that "at Mission, you can be sure your heart is in the right place." It includes testimonials from former patients, including one woman who says she decided to undergo bypass surgery at the Mission Viejo facility "because the people there were so wonderful." As hospital marketing goes, Mission Hospital's pitch for its new cardiac center is fairly typical: heavy on feeling and light on facts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2009 | Evan Halper
A proposal is sitting on the governor's desk that would smack state hospitals with billions of dollars in new fees -- and hospital officials are begging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign it into law. In fact, they thought it up. In the latest test of anti-tax groups' clout in the Capitol, however, fiscal conservatives are trying to persuade the governor to block the new levies on the institutions that want them. At the root of the dispute is a plan by the hospitals to access $2 billion in federal funds.
HEALTH
December 18, 2006 | From Times wire reports
New research offers this warning to consumers shopping for top-notch hospitals: Many that are highly rated by government regulators only have marginally lower patient death rates. University of Pennsylvania researchers evaluated 3,657 hospitals nationwide that are listed on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | Associated Press
An emerging conflict over sterilization is getting new scrutiny from American Catholic bishops and could threaten vital health care partnerships that depend on the church, some observers say. The debate coincides with a recent buying spree among Catholic-sponsored health care networks, which support the church's rejection of birth control. Often they have merged with nonreligious hospitals that routinely perform sterilizations as a form of birth control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
State regulators have fined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center $25,000 in connection with a series of safety lapses in which incorrect doses of the blood-thinner heparin were given to children, including the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife. Cedars was one of 11 California hospitals assessed penalties because of license violations that caused, or were likely to cause, serious injury or death, said Kathleen Billings- ley, deputy director of the state Department of Public Health's Center for Healthcare Quality.
OPINION
November 17, 1991
Re "Hospitals Caught in Cross-Fire," Nov. 4: I would like to commend you on bringing to light a little known fact that is threatening the very lives of the people who are staffing hospitals and particularly emergency rooms across this nation in urban as well as rural areas. As our society continues to follow a state of entropy, the community that is served by the health care system must rally to protect the personnel and the institutions that are there year-round, day after day helping those who are sick and injured, alleviating their pain and suffering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
A "virus" infected computers at three Michigan hospitals last fall and disrupted patient diagnosis at two of the centers in what appears to be the first such invasion of a medical computer, it was reported last week. The infiltration did not harm any patients but delayed diagnoses by shutting down computers, creating files of nonexistent patients and garbling names on patient records, which could have caused more serious problems.
OPINION
July 26, 2009
Re "A sick waste of money," Editorial, July 18 It's hard to imagine a worse time to support a new tax on hospitals, but The Times has managed to do just that. This new tax -- which The Times calls a fee -- will be passed through to patients with private health coverage or who pay out of pocket, and will exacerbate our already out-of-control healthcare costs. Less than six weeks ago, California voters sent a clear signal: no more taxes. The Times' ill-considered endorsement of a proposed hospital tax (AB 1383 by Assemblyman Dave Jones)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1987
The nurse's worst enemy is herself. It is a poor self-image as well as a failure to mobilize that prevents the nurse from commanding the professional status that she deserves. Nurses are grossly underpaid. The average Los Angeles hospital staff nurse earns about $12 an hour. Thus the life and death responsibilities of a nurse are rewarded comparatively to the tasks of a receptionist or grocery store clerk. Added to low wages are horrendous hours with little control over work scheduling.
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